Tuesday, May 20, 2014
By Scott Harper
For South Strand News
Skeletal remains found in Florence County last week belong to a woman who was the victim of a homicide, according to authorities, but testing is still being conducted to determine an identification.
One possibility is that the remains are those of 32-year-old Angie Pipkin of Aynor who was last seen in her hometown January 26.
A Murrells Inlet man, Randy Robinson, 46, remains in jail charged in connection to Pipkin’s disappearance.
According to his arrest warrant, it’s believed Robinson killed Pipkin and disposed of her dismembered body at 34 Landing in Darlington County.
Robinson was previously arrested and charged with obstruction of justice and stands accused of giving “misleading information” in Pipkin’s case.
One area that has been searched thoroughly by investigators is the Pee Dee River. The bones were found May 14 not far from that location.
When Florence County investigators got to the place where the bones were located, they notified Horry County police because of the Pipkin investigation.
Pipkin’s mother, Gail, told our news partner WBTW-TV 13 she believes the remains are her daughter.
“I’ve been very depressed. It’s like a part of me is missing,” Gail said.
Angie Pipkin’s daughter, Taylor said of her mother “she was my best friend and I could tell her anything. It’s hard not having her here.”
While a positive identification could be the news the Pipkin family has waited for, it is not a reality they want to face.
“That’s the person I grew up with. That was the person that has taken care of me who has loved me for who I am for my entire life,” Taylor said. “To have her just taken away and not know where she’s been - it’s tough.”
“She’s not all together, you know,” Gail added. “They’re still looking for the rest of her. People don’t really understand unless they go through what you’re going through. They don’t really understand.”
Investigators say it could still be weeks before the identification tests are complete.
News partner WBTW-TV 13 contributed to this report.